Catharine Esther Beecher was one of the most influential social reformers of her time, and she practically invented the science of home economics. Beecher did not support women's suffrage. She believed that a woman's domain was home and duty to family and that through this work, as opposed to active political involvement, women could influence society with feminine values. She actively promoted education specifically for women, as well as home economics for housewives. Beecher was a prolific writer and, among other works, wrote Miss Beecher's Domestic Receipt-Book, and with her sister Harriet Beecher Stowe, The American Woman's Home.